Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says that he knew from his very first conversation with Gus Poyet that the Black Cats were desperate to sign him.
Defoe joined Sunderland from FC Toronto last week and it appears that there were very few doubts in his mind over the transfer.
Although the deal took a while to complete, the 32-year-old forward said at a press conference today, with highlights posted on the club's Twitter feed, that he knew from the off he wanted the move to Wearside and that he has already settled in well.
DEFOE: "You know when a club really wants you and that is special, and I knew from my first conversation with Gus how much he wanted me."— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 20, 2015
DEFOE: "I spoke to Gus on a few occasions and I played with him at Spurs. Even before I met him he was someone I admired as a player."— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 20, 2015
DEFOE: "It feels like I have been here for years. Hopefully we can get some points in the next few games."— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 20, 2015
Defoe made his debut for his new club against Tottenham Hotspur and put in an encouraging display, even if he wasn't able to change their fortunes immediately.
Sunderland lost the match against the North London outfit 2-1, but they were much improved and their new-found attacking style has been welcomed by supporters.
Poyet introduced a system which included two strikers, to accommodate Defoe, at White Hart Lane and the hope will be that their goals tally will increase as a result.
Sunderland have mustered up just 19 goals in their first 22 Premier League matches and they will be relying on Defoe to start hitting the back of the net to help this tally improve.